As foreign policy experts list their problems for 2016, the Balkans never gets a mention. That’s strange, as the region is the microcosm of all the differing conflicts in Europe, and even further afield, Denis MacShane writes.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo - all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.
Kosovo is appealing to Brussels to grant its citizens visa-free travel to the EU. But at a time of crises in migration, terrorism and people-smuggling, some are sceptical. A decision on the waiver is expected in the coming days.
Protesters and police fought running battles in Kosovo yesterday (12 October) after the arrest of a prominent opposition politician behind a campaign to overturn an EU-brokered landmark deal with Serbia.
Kosovo's parliament voted to change the constitution on Monday (3 August) and create a war crimes court, which the West wants to try ethnic Albanian former guerrillas for alleged war crimes including organ harvesting.